EDITORIAL

Covid Hope

Covid Hope

One could hope that the daily caseload declines to manageable levels in the weeks to come, making it possible for the government to ease up the restrictions and reopen the economy.

Saudi Push

Saudi Push

The fact remains that all the talk about the thawing of the relationship between the two neighbours is emanating mostly from Pakistan. New Delhi has largely been tight-lipped about it

Vaccination Is The Key

Vaccination Is The Key

In Kashmir, the vaccination should be pursued on a war footing to get the situation back on rails. Other than some brief periods of normalcy now and then, the Valley has been shut down for nearly two years.

Preparation Is The Key

Preparation Is The Key

The new “double mutant” strain will be certainly a challenge to the government. It is thought to more virulent than the previous strain. So, along with the vaccine it will be even more important for people to exercise self restraint and observe SOPs.

Runaway Surge

Runaway Surge

There has been 700 percent rise in new infections in the UT and that too in a matter of few weeks. Going forward, the curve is unlikely to flatten, despite the strict “corona curfew” and its extension. The reason for this is that there’s now a full blown community transmission.

Line of Cooperation

Line of Cooperation

It would be interesting to see how the India and Pakistan negotiate their respective conditionalities before reaching out to each other. The dialogue that will follow, as a result, will go a long to usher in peace in the region and turn the LoC into a line of cooperation.

Oh Didi

Oh Didi

The significance of the Bengal election is beyond the BJP-TMC rivalry. Its outcome is a profoundly important development. The TMC win is likely to arrest the disarray among the secular forces and give them confidence to stand up to the PM Modi in the upcoming state elections.

Inoculation Not Lockdown

Inoculation Not Lockdown

It is true that the record spike has left fewer options before the government to reign in the surge but the lockdown can hardly be a viable option. It will deepen the desperation among the people who have either lost jobs or their means of livelihood have been hit during the disruption over the last two years.

Become Pro-active

Become Pro-active

The administration needs to get its priorities right. It has to focus its attention on the stupendous challenge on hand. Any further rise in the cases could plunge Kashmir into a deeper chaos. That is, if it hasn’t already.

Opportunity for Peace

Opportunity for Peace

Though the two countries have been talking to each other through back-channel for some time now, the engagement has been encountering some issues.  Pakistan wants India to take some more CBMs in regard to Kashmir before a formal dialogue can take off.

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